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  • Place of origin:

    Fuzhou (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ling Dai Mi & Co. (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Textile, lacquered and painted

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Pamela Marchant

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Objects made of lacquered fabric are a speciality of the Chinese city Fuzhou. A piece of textile is first stiffened and made into the shape of a bowl. A layer of lacquer is then applied to the textile, another layer added when the first layer has dried, and several more layers added in the same manner. The finished product is so light-weighed that this technique is sometimes called 'bodiless lacquer'.

Physical description

Lacquer bowl with butterfly on black outside, inside red

Place of Origin

Fuzhou (made)


ca. 1935 (made)


Ling Dai Mi & Co. (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Textile, lacquered and painted

Marks and inscriptions

'Fuzhou Lin Da Mei' on base


Height: 5.8 cm, Diameter: 11.3 cm

Object history note

Wedding present given to two Scots, Lieut Tom Marchant and Robina Bookless, who got married in Chongqing, west China, in 1935.

Descriptive line

Lacquered and painted textile bowl, butterfly on black outside, red inside, one of a pair by Ling Dai Mi & Co., Fuzhou, ca. 1935




Lacquered; Painted

Subjects depicted



Food vessels & Tableware


East Asia Collection

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